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The Experiences of Women in World War One

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

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Ethel Davies

Place of birth: Bodhyfryd, Holyhead

Service: ‘member’

Memorial: Armenia Chapel, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: Nothing is known of Ethel Davies, whose name appears on the Roll of Honour in Armenia Chapel, Holyhead

Sources: http://www.anglesey.info/holyhead-armenia-chapel-war-memorials.htm

Reference: WaW0160

Record of the war service of Ethel Davies, Bodhyfryd,  member, on the Roll of Honour of Armenia Chapel Holyhead

Roll of Honour

Record of the war service of Ethel Davies, Bodhyfryd, member, on the Roll of Honour of Armenia Chapel Holyhead


Marjorie Wagstaff

Place of birth: Newport ?

Service: ‘Shaving lady’, VAD ?

Notes: Marjorie Wagstaff was a volunteer from Newport who would go in to the Newport Section of the 3rd Western General Military Hospital twice a week to shave the patients. By the end of the war she had performed over 2,000 shaves. Her picture featured in the Daily Mirror as well as the South Wales Argus.

Reference: WaW0336

Marjorie Wagstaff, pictured in the South Wales Argus. Thanks to Peter Strong.

Marjorie Wagstaff

Marjorie Wagstaff, pictured in the South Wales Argus. Thanks to Peter Strong.


Elsie Williams

Place of birth: Abetillery ?

Service: Baling Hand, Women\\\'s Forage Corps

Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyrils Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.

Reference: WaW0223


Elsie Williams

Place of birth: Abertillery ?

Service: Baling Hand, Womens Forage Corps (WFC)

Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyril Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.

Reference: WaW0146

List of members of the WFC who died in service.

Nominal Roll

List of members of the WFC who died in service.


Violet Pearce

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Booking clerk, NWR

Death: November 1918, Swansea, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Violet Pearce was a booking clerk at Swansea Victoria Station when she died of Spanish Influenza in early November 1918.

Reference: WaW0373

Report of the death of Violet Pearce. Cambrian Daily Leader 5th November 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of the death of Violet Pearce. Cambrian Daily Leader 5th November 1918.


Eleanor Vachell

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Botanist, Volunteer, VAD

Notes: Eleanor was born in 1879, the daughter of a doctor. She became a noted botanist, and took over responsibility for the Department of Botany and the Herbarium at the National Museum of Wales in October 1914 when the Keeper joined his regiment. She also volunteered at the 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff. She became a VAD in 1918, dividing her time very strictly between the hospital and the museum. Eleanor Vachell died in 1948.

Sources: https://www.routledge.com/The-Biographical-Dictionary-of-Women-in-Science-Pioneering-Lives-From/Ogilvie-Harvey-Rossiter/p/book/9780415920384

Reference: WaW0200

Eleanor Vachell botanist and VAD

Eleanor Vachell

Eleanor Vachell botanist and VAD

Red Cross record card showing details of Eleanor Vachell’s employment.

Red Cross record card

Red Cross record card showing details of Eleanor Vachell’s employment.


Not known / Anhysbys

Place of birth: South Wales

Service: Brickmaker

Notes: This young woman puddling silica clay was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c.1917.

Reference: WaW0182

Young woman puddling clay

Brickmaker

Young woman puddling clay


Not known / Anhysbys

Place of birth: South Wales

Service: Brickmaker

Notes: This young woman puddling silica clay was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c 1917.

Reference: WaW0183

Young women puddling clay

Brickmaker

Young women puddling clay


Not knowm / Anhysbys

Place of birth: South Wales

Service: Brickmaker

Notes: This young woman moulding silica clay bricks was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c 1917.

Reference: WaW0184

Young woman moulding bricks

Brickmaker

Young woman moulding bricks


Not known / Anhysbys

Place of birth: South Wales

Service: Brickmaker

Notes: This woman moulding silica bricks was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c.1917.

Reference: WaW0189

Woman moulding bricks

Brickmaker

Woman moulding bricks



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